It was 1866; Queen Victoria was on the throne, The Earl of Derby was Prime Minister and in the south a law firm by the name of Trethowans opened for business
Last week, 150 years later, staff at the thriving law firm came together to celebrate a century and a half in business. Employees, past and present, joined with clients and invited guests for the company’s anniversary celebration at the Rifles Museum in Salisbury.
The law firm was founded by George Nodder at an office in Bridge Street, Salisbury and has always maintained an office in the city, moving to City Chambers and later Crown Chambers before establishing its current contemporary offices on London Road in 2007.
The firm now has offices in Salisbury, Southampton and Poole as well as a base in Winchester and has expanded to employ more than 200 people across the South.
Chris Whiteley, managing partner, said: “The 150 years of the firm’s existence has seen many changes, the firm has been able to move with the times and in 2016 Trethowans is a forward thinking, modern practice. It has been fantastic to celebrate our rich history with staff, past and present, as well as some of the relatives of the Trethowan family.”
As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations Trethowans is on a mission to undertake 150 good deeds in the community this year. So far staff have given blood, donated Easter eggs to local charities, run dementia information events in the community and even climbed mountains to raise money for worthy causes. More than 100 good deeds have taken place already and with more acts of kindness in the pipeline, the law firm is well on-track to hit its target.